‘Unfair’ – the championship complaint that will resonate with Coventry City fans


English Football League president Rick Parry has called for the Premier League parachute payments to be cut and the highest level of money shared among all the clubs in the division.Coventry City will have a limited championship budget next season with Mark Robins and his team looking to cement their place in the division at the first request.

Teams like the Sky Blues will be eager to watch the parachute payments distributed to other parts of the division.

Currently relegated Premier League teams are supported by huge payments from increased television revenues to make it easier for them.

Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Fulham will all have received payments after abandoning the top tier last season, while West Brom, Stoke City and Swansea City are also eligible after being previously relegated.

Championship clubs also receive around £ 100 million in Premier League solidarity payments, although parachute payments offer much more for clubs.

And EFL President Parry is keen to see these payments abolished and wants Premier League money to be allocated more rather than going to a few clubs.

“Parachute payments are divisive,” Parry said in an interview with The Times.

“We have six clubs in the championship that receive around £ 226 million in parachute between them (this season), then the other 18 clubs get £ 81 million in between.

“It is not a fair division. It encourages the irrational behavior of clubs that do not receive parachute payments. I really think they should leave.

“The parachute payment solves the symptom but not the problem. Why are they helping clubs that drop out of the Premier League?

“They help them because there is a chasm. Why don’t we tackle the abyss? Then we wouldn’t need the parachute payments.

“If you look a few seasons ago, Leeds United received around £ 4 million and Huddersfield who was in the Premier League, albeit briefly, received £ 100 million. How can it be true?

“For the benefit of the Premier League and Championship clubs, we have to get rid of the edge of the cliff. We need to narrow the gap between the two. “


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